The AGORA Program focuses on equipping lay people from ethnic-specific and multicultural congregations for Christian mission and ministry through its Christian Leadership Training for a Multicultural World program. This program trains lay people from ethnic specific and multicultural congregations to assume congregational leadership roles in ministries of education, congregational care, and proclamation.


Two years ago, Luther Seminary's Global Mission Institute agreed to provide interim leadership for Agora until a longer term solution could be found. 

Given productive conversations among several groups, an inter-synodical group has formed to support Agora. This exciting new partnership includes the ELCA's Southeastern and Southwestern Minnesota Synods, the South Dakota Synod, the Minneapolis Area Synod, the St. Paul Area Synod, Luther Seminary and the ELCA Churchwide office. Together, these partners will support the continuation of immigrant leadership education and the expansion of this ministry to meet growing needs. Luther Seminary will continue to provide education space, some funding and access to seminary faculty for Agora.  

Recently, it was announced that The Rev. Paul Erickson, formerly the assistant to the bishop for evangelical mission in the St. Paul Area Synod, accepted the call to become the director of Agora.  Erickson has his office on the Luther Seminary campus. We look forward to participating in the growth of this important ministry.

 Contact information

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Tel: 651.401.5622


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